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Paint job on Crown Point business irks board

Updated: November 27, 2012 12:38PM



CROWN POINT — Historic Preservation Commission members say they are tired of waiting for one downtown business owner to come before the board about fixing the colors on the exterior of his building.

Commission members on Nov. 21 said they have deferred the matter for months after the owner of the building at 101 S. Court St. failed to show for the meetings, and authorized City Attorney David Nicholls to write a letter to him stating he must come before the board at its next meeting to discuss the situation.

“I think we’ve waited long enough,” said commissioner Jolene Bolinger, who made the request for the letter.

Christopher Meyers, the city’s director of planning, after the meeting said the situation has been going on since last year when the exterior of the building was painted.

Buildings within the historic preservation district must be painted in a Victorian fashion with contrasting trim and siding colors consistent with the paint trends when the buildings were constructed.

A paint plan was submitted and approved for contrasting shades of blue paint for the siding and trim on the building on the southwest corner of Court and Joliet streets. Instead of using the lighter trim color, the entire structure was painted a monotone blue.

Meyers said when owner Lex Venditti initially was contacted it was learned he did not sign the application or choose the colors, the tenants did. He told officials he did not like the blue and he wanted to apply an entirely different two-tone color scheme consistent with the historic district.

Venditti has not been before the board to get final approval on the alternate color scheme and at this point must do so or at least finish the current color scheme as it was previously approved to bring the building in compliance.



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